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Why UCLA could face Harvard-type backlash over Asian admissions

The firestorm over a recent New York Times story – about the low rankings that Harvard admissions officials consistently gave thousands of Asian-American applicants for personality, likability, courage, kindness and how respected they were – caught the eye of California politicians. Rep.

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – August 3

L.A. County under fire for automatic license suspensions for unpaid fines Gov. Brown pushing hard for housing deal Latest legislative fundraising numbers UCLA coach highest paid public employee in the state — $3.5 million Water conservation efforts dipped last month

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CA colleges’ responses vary in disputes over Israel

Over the past six weeks, UCLA, UC Irvine and San Diego State University have all been roiled by disputes over Israel and its treatment of Palestinians — and over how campus administrators have handled the fallout.  At San Diego State

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University of California embraces open access for research

The state’s premiere higher education system has embraced open access publishing. This week, the University of California issued a new open access policy that gives anyone in the world free access to scholarly articles authored by UC employees. That means clinical

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University of California and stem cell agency highest paid state workers

California taxpayers paid out big bucks to state workers in 2014. How much? More than the Gross Domestic Product of 100 countries, according to new data published by the State Controller’s office. In 2014, more than 650,000 state employees earned a total

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UCLA Study: 35% water reduction order in Palm Springs may backfire

Gov. Jerry Brown’s recently announced Executive Order B-29-15, mandating statewide water use reductions will hit the Palm Springs area of California the hardest with 35 percent cuts in water usage. But a new UCLA study of outdoor watering restrictions in

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Lawsuit over Harvard admissions has CA overtones

Harvard University is facing a well-financed lawsuit over its admissions practices, with plaintiffs arguing that the nation’s oldest, richest and most admired college enforces an anti-Asian bias every bit as real as the anti-Jewish bias seen in Cambridge and at

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Need to create middle-class CA jobs matters more than minimum wage

Economic conservatives seem wary over the attempts by Democrats at just about every level of government to focus on the minimum wage. But should they be? It provides an easy way to broaden the debate from how the poor are

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Will nanotech, biotech bonanza rescue state from its politicians? 5

Feb. 23, 2013 By Chris Reed The Golden State may yet be rescued from its epic mismanagement by private-sector innovation that brings vast new wealth to California. For all our Solyndra-style boondoggles, there’s also extraordinarily promising work being done that

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Taxes already are sky-high 20

Dec. 14, 2012 By John Seiler California’s misled voters just increased taxes by passing two initiatives. Federal taxes are set to go up sharply on Jan. 1. And local taxes have gone up in many areas, including for bonds I’m

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